2019 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac: £540 IB per dozenTuesday, June 16
Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a compelling buy in any vintage, but a must in 2019. Neal Martin scores it 95-97 points, compared with 93-95 points for the 2018. The 2019 benefits from the complex aromatics and fruit purity of the vintage, adding elegance to GPL's usual Pauillac power. At just £540 per dozen bottles in bond compared to the release price of £672 in 2018, this is the definition of value.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac Cru Classé
"Lovely depth of colour, a big difference between the 1st and 2nd wine in this vintage, this just screams Pauillac with its pencil lead, charcoal and cassis notes. Glass-staining colour, extremely silky, with liquorice and chocolate adding layers without taking away from the purity of expression. Fine tannic hold, tons of character and clear longevity - this is a brilliant wine, easily equal to the 2018 and approaching the 2016. Drinking Window 2027 - 2046. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
"The 2019 Grand Puy Lacoste is deep purple in colour. Initially the bouquet is tight and so I left my sample for 15-20 minutes to open. It rewards patience with a beguiling mélange of pure blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and pencil shavings, very focused and mineral-driven. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins. Compared to the robust, tannic GPL's of old, this is much more lithe and approachable, yet it still bears the DNA of this Pauillac estate. It might not possess the flair of other 2019 Left Banks, but that it is not what I seek from this estate. Classy and full of breeding - quintessential Pauillac. 95-97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com